Let’s make connections happen together.
Located in the heart of Niagara's orchards and vineyards, Asha Sanctuary is on 27-acres of cleared and preserved forest, with a mission to begin the magic when people meet farmed animals for the first time.
At Asha Sanctuary, we will let the animals tell their story. It’s a simple one of just wanting to be loved and respected. They will tell us with a loving kiss, a warm nudge, or a still look that captures our hearts and changes our minds forever.
We believe these human-animal connections will allow people to see farmed animals as friends and not food, helping these individuals to make the compassionate choice to go vegan.
Our future vision for the the sanctuary will provide support and encouragement by offering plant-based cooking classes by expert vegan chefs in our historic 1800's house. We see our barns being energy efficient through solar energy and a conduit to help educate people on sustainable living. Our vision even extends to walking trails in our preserved forest and a community garden that truly will make us a green sanctuary.
We need your help to make our ongoing dream a reality for even more deserving farmed animals. Let’s share the vision and magic in making these connections happen together.
Founder, President and Director, Asha Sanctuary
THREE YEAR PLAN
YEAR 3 - 2015 FUTURE
3/15 The 1 - 2 acres of land will be cleared to provide for 4 pastures and straw/manure management
3/15 The fencing and gates will be installed for the farmed animals to be housed in the 24 x 32 barn.
3/15 Our farmed animal residents presently in the temporary out building will be transferred to the main 24 x 32 barn.
3/15 The "his" and "her" restroom facility with running water and plumbing for sink, toilet and future showers will completed to ensure Asha Sanctuary becomes a true visiting center where guests can stay for longer periods of time and overnight stays.
4/15 The Days of Compassion program will officially begin bringing youth organizations on to Asha Sanctuary grounds to begin caring for the animals.
5/15 Our first open house for Asha Sanctuary will be kicked off.
6/15 A fun family-oriented picnic will take place on the grounds of Asha Sanctuary.
6/15 Vegan Cooking Classes as part of our Simply Made Vegan program will be kicked off as monthly, food-themed classes through September 2015.
7/15 Our first all day country jamboree will be kicked off and held on Asha Sanctuary grounds.
9/15 Our goal is to have our first tractor.
9/15 Our goal is for a water line and electricity to be installed in the 24 x 32 barn.
Following is the progress we have made at Asha Sanctuary from purchasing the property in January 2013 to present.
YEAR 3 - 2015 PROGRESS
1/15 Coordinated the clearing of an additional 1 to 2 acres of land in order to provide for 4 pastures and straw/manure management.
1/15 Coordinated fencing and gate requirements for the farmed animals to be housed in the 24 x 32 barn.
1/15 Coordinated the design and requirements of a "his" and "hers" restroom facility with running water and plumbing for sink, toilet and future showers. The implementation of the facility ensures Asha Sanctuary will become a true visiting center where guests can stay for longer periods of time and overnight stays.
1/15 Finalized pasture requirements and fencing needs. Due to the very cold and frigid winter, clearing and fencing will be completed in March 2015.
1/15 Began contacting youth organizations to visit the farm and help with caring for the animals as part of our Days of Compassion program. The goal is to provide a safe and non-judgmental opportunity for young people to establish emotional connections with the animals. Education on the abuse and neglect of animals in the farming industry and how to adopt a cruelty-free, vegan lifestyle will be provided through informal talks and educational literature provided.
2/15 Held a major fundraiser (Valentine's Celebration at the Old Red Mill Inn) to help with sheltering (fencing) and caring for our animals.
YEAR 2 - 2014 PROGRESS
02/14 Held our second major fundraiser (Brian Clements lecture) to help with sheltering and caring for the future animals.
02/14 Held our third major fundraiser (Vegan Valentine's Day Celebration) to help with sheltering and caring for the future animals.
04/14 Finalized our very own logo by working with a professional artist and graphic artist who graciously donated their time.
04/14 Revamped our Website with a professional and clean look fully funded by our founder and director.
04/14 Created our very first Quarterly online newsletter and mailed out to all our friends and supporters.
04/14 Spring is here finally, and we completed the siding, trim, and door plates finishing off the hen house, with a hired contractor's help and fully funded by our founder and director.
05/14 Completed and submitted our 501(c)3 app with no attorney or accountant assistance which would have cost us thousands.
05/14 Began planning our next major fundraisers this September and November through volunteer support.
05/14 Began work on a more streamlined, online fundraising and accounting system through volunteer support.
06/14 Began tabling at various farmer markets and events to get the word out about Asha Sanctuary and to gain support.
06/14 Received our fencing for the outside enclosure to connect to the hen house, and finalized details with an Amish contractor to build the outdoor enclosure in early July.
06/14 Began grant writing to assist us with the outdoor enclosure through volunteer support.
06/14 Received a grant for $1,000 from A Well Fed World toward our outdoor enclosure.
07/14 Began construction of our outdoor shelter for hens and turkeys.
07/14 Completed construction of our outdoor shelter.
07/14 Welcome our very first farmed animal residents.
10/14 Rescued baby calf and two neglected sheep from horrific slaughter and brought them to warmth and safety in a temporary storage building at Asha Sanctuary.
10/14 Launched our Simply Made Vegan program which features a website, Facebook Page, Facebook Group, Newsletter, Vegan Cooking classes, Vegan Starter/Recipe Kit. The main purpose of our program is to support individuals that meet our farmed animals for the first time and make the compassionate choice to go vegan. The program will be managed by volunteers for Asha Sanctuary.
11/14 Asha Sanctuary's founder, Tracy Murphy, left her full-time corporate position at HSBC and began directing the sanctuary full-time.
11/14 Began and completed construction on our first large (24x32) barn.
11/14 Held our first Festival FOR the Turkeys on Asha Sanctuary grounds which encouraged compassion toward turkeys and all farmed animals alike. The event received extensive media coverage on major news stations and papers throughout Western New York.
11/14 Began infrastructure (roadway/grading/ditch) to barn and future barns.
12/14 Completed infrastructure (roadway/grading/ditch) to barn and future barns.
12/14 Coordinated fencing and gate needs for calf and sheep.
YEAR 1 - 2013 PROGRESS:
01/13 Purchased the sanctuary property (fully funded by our founder and director) which included a house, a garage, and a very old chicken coop on around 5 acres of cleared land and over 20 acres of preserved forest. No other out buildings are on the property.
05/13 Volunteers destroyed the old chicken coop, but saved the concrete foundation.
05/13-08/13 Tabled at various farmer markets and events to get the word out on Asha Sanctuary and to drive support.
06/13 Began building our first hen house (fully funded by our founder and director) with volunteer help.
09/13 Held our first major fundraiser (Asha's Country Jamboree) to help with sheltering and caring for the future animals.
10/13 Completed the roof with a hired contractor's help (fully funded by our founder and director).
11/13 Completed the windows and the doors with a hired contractor's help (fully funded by our founder and director).
It was a cold and long winter. No further work was done on the hen house until Spring, but our fundraisers continued!
Letters of Support
Dawnhunger relief and animal protection organization that partners with and financially strengthens vegan feeding programs for people in need, farm animal care, rescue efforts, and pro-veg outreach campaigns. She holds two master’s degrees from The George Washington University: one in international relations, the other in women studies—both with a focus on economic development. Her work highlights the ways in which high levels of meat consumption in the U.S. and globally exacerbate global hunger, especially for women and children. She also draws attention to the negative consequences of animal agriculture on climate change. She speaks in the U.S. and internationally on issues of global hunger, climate change, and the deceptiveness in "humane" meat marketing.
Anne Dinshah is the daughter of Jay and Freya Dinshah. She is a motivational speaker and lifelong vegan who is currently vice-president of the American Vegan Society and managing editor of American Vegan magazine. She is the author of Power Vegan Messages and several vegan cookbooks.